January 5, 2020

When Struggle Becomes Embrace

“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.” – Genesis 32:24,25 In the Bible, a lot of great things happen at the Jordan River. In fact, whenever a person crosses the Jordan, it means that something amazing is about to unfold in their story. Interestingly, this is where we find Jacob after he sends his wives, children, and livestock across the water ahead of him. Praying that his gifts of appeasement to his brother Esau have worked, he prepares to ford the water himself. However, a mysterious man is waiting for him there and he seeks to prevent Jacob from moving forward. The Scripture says that he wrestled with this shadowy figure all night long, but

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